Announcing the Global Snapshot

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Snapshot, a document that captures Pittsburgh’s evolving international landscape as it relates to people, education, and the economy. The Global Snapshot is designed to bring awareness to lesser known statistics that support Pittsburgh’s rise as a global city, and help promote Pittsburgh as an attractive destination for individuals from across the country and around the world to both live and work.

Honorary Consuls in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is home to 16 honorary consuls (as of May 2014). Honorary consuls are private citizens who serve (without pay) as representatives of foreign governments in major cities without a formal Consulate General. Along with their countries’ official diplomatic efforts, they help to promote relations with the United States while also assisting citizens from the … Read More

Recognizing Ramadan in Pittsburgh

  This post was written and researched by World Affairs Council intern, Jalyn Evans Over a billion Muslims around the world are ending their season of Ramadan at sundown on July 28th. Ramadan is a 30-day period in which Muslims fast–abstaining from daytime food and drink. Learning about this sacred time for Muslims provides us … Read More

Is Pittsburgh a Globally Fluent City?

The Brookings Institution has developed a framework to determine cities’ global fluency. “The 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas” defines global fluency as “the level of global understanding, competence, practice and reach that a metro area exhibits in an increasingly interconnected global economy.” The traits can be used to evaluate metro areas’ global position … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 4)

Saturday, May 18, 2013 It is amazing how quickly this week has passed! It has been an incredible combination of sight-seeing and high-level briefings. We’ve all learned a great deal – and have heard some different perspectives on some of the challenges Germany and Europe face. The pace of the first part of the week … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 3)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 It has been a great week so far! On Sunday, we began the trip with a walking tour of the area immediately surrounding the hotel in historic East Berlin. We ventured over toward the west to the Brandenburg Gate by walking down the impressive boulevard Unter den Linden. On Monday, the … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 2)

May 11, 2013 The biggest surprise on arrival is the amount of construction in the heart of East Berlin and the heart of West Berlin. After German reunification, Berlin was often referred to as a “city of cranes” because of all the construction taking place. Over 20 years later, cranes are still a fixture on … Read More